Also available on iOS
Originally released on iOS as "Little Acorns," Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is a cute little 2D platformer in which you play as a squirrel and collect acorns. Along the way, you have to avoid water (apparently squirrels can't swim), spiders, bumble bees, and just unnecessarily rude raccoons. I got the game for free with some My Nintendo gold coins a few months ago but never actually played it until this week. It's not a game that I can see ever having the "urge" to play, but as a time waster in line at the bank or in bed before you go to sleep, it's decent enough.
The game is divided into 60 levels - three years with four seasons and five levels per season. To advance to Year 2 and Year 3, you have to have collected a certain number of acorns from the previous year (I think it's 800 out of a possible 1200 if I remember correctly). Each level provides four ways to get acorns - collecting all of the acorns in a level to unlock the exit obviously, collecting the five pieces of fruit that appear after all acorns have been collected, defeating all of the enemies in a level, and clearing a level within a special time limit. The levels themselves don't really start posing a challenge until Winter of Year 3, but some of the extra objectives - the fruit, enemies, and speed clear - can start putting up some real resistance around the end of Year 2.
With regards to visuals and sound design, it does the job well enough, but it does show its mobile phone roots. The music is basic but decent enough as background music. The sound effects can get annoying, but that's easy enough to turn off. The visuals are nice and colorful, but they're just too basic to really stand out on a system with Gunvolt and NES and SNES Virtual Console games. What the game does do extremely well is control. The game has extremely tight controls that are responsive and easy to use. Between jumping across gaps, timing jumps on moving platforms, or swinging from ropes, the controls respond smoothly and exactly how you'd expect them to.
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is a pretty standard 2D platformer in most regards, but standard isn't necessarily bad. It may not stand out much stylistically, but what it does, it does very well, and while it shows that it's a port of a mobile phone game, it's ported very well. Performance never dips, and the controls are as tight and responsive as you could want. I wouldn't pay more than a maximum of $5 for it, so wait for a sale to download it. If you can find it for $5 or less, however, I'd definitely give it a go.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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